They tell me that doing this is as easy as falling off a blog. We'll see! Basically, I'm going to share some of my Range Rhymes in hopes they inspire you. Since, I'm calling this blog: Cowboy Up!, I'll start with that. I wrote this after 9-11 as a way to remind people how our cowboy heroes from the past would react to what has happened to our country. I have been gratified at the response and was thrilled to be asked to perform it on stage at New York's Carnegie Hall.
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Cowboy Up America
When a Cowboy’s in a pinch, he just tightens up the cinch,
spurs his horse and rides right through it
cause that’s the way the Duke would do it.
He’d Cowboy Up.
And when our country is in danger a cowboy’s like the old Lone Ranger.
Ridin’ hard and shootin’ straight; fightin’ those who spread the hate.
He’s Cowboy’d Up.
A Cowboy’s ready and he’s willin’ to face the foe, like Marshal Dillon.
And when the gunsmoke clears away Cowboy Spirit wins the day.
So, Cowboy Up. Pull your hat down tight
and don’t back down when you know what’s right.
We’ll bring back “Happy Trails” for you
like Hoppy, Gene and Roy would do.
Think back about Flight 93 and how those heroes came to be.
They knew that thousands more could die if they just let that airplane fly
They Cowboy’d Up.
One widow had this tale to share, a husband’s love and one last prayer.
And when their sacrifice was done terror lost and Freedom won
“Let’s Roll”, he said and Cowboy’d up.
Cause Cowboys fight until they win just like TV’s Paladin.
They will not let our flag unravel as long as they Have Gun, Will Travel
And Cowboy Up, hell bent for leather.
Cause we can’t lose when we fight together.
We’ll chase those varmints down the trail
and with God’s help, we will prevail.
If Gary Cooper, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott were here today
they’d fight for what is right and true like Rex and Tex and Lash LaRue.
They’d Cowboy Up.
So, let’s give Uncle Sam a hand cause we’re all ridin’ for his brand.
Let New York and the Pentagon inspire resolve to carry on
We’ve Cowboy’d Up. In God We Trust.
We fight because our cause is just.
We’re standin’ tall and standin’ free
Cause we won’t stand for tyranny.
So America, Cowboy Up.
By Jeff Hildebrandt Ó 2002
Now, if I don't forget how to find this blog, I'll share more with you.